Nokia Ends Production Of Only WiMax Device


imageNokia (NYSE: NOK) said today it is no longer producing its only WiMax device — the N810 edition handheld tablet — striking another blow for a wireless broadband technology that is just getting off the ground, Reuters reports. On Tuesday, Kirkland, Wash.-based Clearwire launched in its first WiMax market, Portland, Ore., joining the one Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel launched in Baltimore and Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) will operate going forward. Nokia’s withdrawal led Reuters to write the curious sentence: “WiMax has been competing for the status of next-generation mobile technology, but has largely lost the battle to LTE.”

However, LTE has no technological standard yet, nor any live networks — just carrier commitments. WiMax, while having lower data speeds, is being deployed now. To be sure, the lifecycle of the N810 was curiously cut short, especially since it was launched only nine months ago — at CTIA — with much fanfare. At the tradeshow, Nokia hoisted journalists up in the air by a crane to demonstrate how the tablets worked anywhere. A Nokia spokesman did not rule out introducing WiMax phones in the future. “We have ramped down the N810 WiMax Edition tablet. It has reached the end of its lifecycle.”

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